Winner in 1993 (top) and finalist in 1991 (bottom) are presented their awards.

     In recognition of what that award now represents to both those who author speculative literature and those whom it most inspires, the Writers of The Future awards ceremony enjoys participation from among the world’s most celebrated scientific figures on the most distinguished forums. Nobel winning physicist Dr. Sheldon Glashow, for example, served as panelist for award ceremonies at the United Nations, while astronaut Story Musgrave (of Hubble repair fame and “the oldest man in space”) served in the same capacity for ceremonies at National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Space Center in Houston, Texas.

     The Writers of The Future awards ceremony was additionally the first such symposium within the United Nation’s Trusteeship Council Chamber, and thus the first presentation of speculative fiction on a truly international stage. Hosting the event, one should further note, was none other than Hans W. Janitschek, President of the United Nation’s Society of Writers, who appropriately cited all L. Ron Hubbard has come to represent as an inspiration for millions, “and awakening the genius of writing in thousands.”

     Also springing from Writers of The Future is the L. Ron Hubbard Writing Workshop, initially held in 1985 and affording contest winners personal critique and instruction by such undisputed masters of the craft as editor/author Algis Budrys and the previously discussed Frederik Pohl. Similarly styled L. Ron Hubbard Writing Workshops have been instituted at Harvard, Duke and Brigham Young universities where students are invited to examine much of what is found in the LRH instructional essays reprinted here.

Writers of The Future winners at the 11th annual awards ceremony. After winning the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of The Future Contest, winners have gone on to sell nearly 100 novels and 1,000 short stories.

Photos of L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future

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